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Live in Spain

  • IBI / Rates in Spain

    IBI / Rates in Spain

    When you own a property in Spain you will you have to pay an annual IBI bill. This is the equivalent of rates or council tax in the UK. It pays for council services in Javea and is paid directly to town hall.

  • Community Fees in Spain

    Community Fees in Spain

    If you purchase an apartment or a property in a community with gardens and pool there will be a community charge. This is usually paid quarterly to the management company of the community. It is a requirement that all communities have a management company and there will be annual meetings with the residents to discuss what improvements, modifications and repairs will be carried out and depending on what is agreed by a majority vote, the communities fees will be calculated to cover any of these costs.

  • Utility Bills

    Utility Bills

    When owning a property you will also have to pay the relevant utility bills including, electric, water and gas or oil.

  • Learning Spanish

    Learning Spanish

    Javea is a multinational, multi-language town and if you have been a visitor, you probably have never had the need to speak Spanish as the majority of restaurant and shop staff speak English. But once you are here on a permanent basis you will find dealing with administration tasks and general day to day living frustrating, not speaking the language.

  • Registering a UK Car in Spain

    Registering a UK Car in Spain

    When you become a resident of Spain you will need to either buy a Spanish car or re-register your British car. There are pros and cons for both options. British second-hand cars are much cheaper than Spanish second hand cars. You may have a nice car, that if you sold you would not be able to replace with a similar model and year for the same price in Spain.

  • Buying a Car in Spain

    Buying a Car in Spain

    Once you arrive to live or spend long periods of time in Spain you will need transport. If you become a resident of Spain you are only allowed an English registered car for 3 months and then you have to return it to the UK or re-register it on Spanish Plates.

  • Padron / Electoral Role in Spain

    Padron / Electoral Role in Spain

    The Padron is the equivalent to the electoral role in the UK, although does not give foreigners full voting rights. Foreigners can register to vote in local elections although are not permitted to vote in national elections. Unless they become a full Spanish citizen.

  • Spanish Residency

    Spanish Residency

    If you live more than 183 days in Spain per year you are required to become a Spanish resident. You are only allowed to reside in one European country. If you have a holiday home in Spain you need to ensure that you don’t over stay the 183 days if you wish to remain resident in the UK. Although if you own a property you still must complete a non-resident tax return.

Testimonials

Bernd and Monika - Liechtenstein,

A heartfelt thanks to the team of the Javea Home Finders. With your help we have found our dream home. It was important for us to have a reliable and trustworthy partner at our side. Some who bought a house in Spain have told us that it is very complicated to purchase a property in Spain. With Javea Home Finders, we have experienced exactly the opposite. From the beginning to the end you have given us a very professional advice and support. We were accompanied everywhere and the whole process was very speditiv and uncomplicated for us. All the things that were to be done, as N.I.E. Number, bank account, evaluation of the building material by third parties, certifications, contracts, going to the notary, contract signing, etc. was very simple and always transparent with you. You are a great team with a lot of experience, honesty and pleasure in the profession.